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Yorkshire’s speciality foods – a series of traditional 'must try' foods served in Yorkshire

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YORKSHIRE PUDDING: Traditionally served with roast beef for the famous Sunday lunch ’Roast Beef and Yorkshire Pudding’, It is a delicious puffed up ‘pudding’ made from a popular batter mix. You’ll find this on most menus, in restaurants, pubs and cafes. The Yorkshire pudding is very versatile, it can be served as a starter with a meal, as part of the main meal and can be filled with fruit to become a dessert also.


It is the starter most likely to fill you up ever!
Developed in the Farmhouse kitchen, where the hot cooking range would be on all day, often with a roast joint of meat cooking for the main meal of the day. The Yorkshire pudding batter of eggs, plain flour and milk, would be poured into very hot tins; this is vitally important to make the sides of the puddings rise.
Historically, these would be served as a first course full of onion gravy, guaranteeing a full belly so that the main course offerings could be a lot smaller….

Click below for recipe details:
https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/9020/best-yorkshire-puddings
Simple and quick! To make the batter, tip 140g plain flour into a bowl and beat in four eggs until smooth. Gradually add 200ml milk and carry on beating until the mix is completely lump-free. Season with salt and pepper. Pour the batter into a jug, then remove the hot tins from the oven.
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Yorkshire, home of the thoroughbred!

Yorkshire, home of the thoroughbred!

Quirky fact: the name of the Derby was decided on the toss of a coin between the Earl of Derby and Sir Charles Bunbury in 1780!

The English Thoroughbred horse can be traced back through bloodlines and the General Stud Book to the efforts of one Yorkshireman, Thomas Darley. He managed to smuggle out of Syria, with help from friends on the warship HMS Ipswich, a Bay stallion, 15 hands high, “of the most esteemed race among the Arabs” after a 4 month journey the horse was taken to Aldby Park near Stamford Bridge.

In Thomas Darley's own words, "he was immediately striking owing to his handsome appearance and exceedingly elegant carriage".

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Yorkshires Drover Roads

Yorkshires Drover Roads

Drover – a person who moves livestock and sheep over long distances to market

The Yorkshire Dales has 5,000 miles of dry stone walls, weaving straight (and not so straight) grey lines into the green fabric of the land. There are also hundreds of what’s commonly known as Drovers road and tracks crossing these Dales, providing high level and dry, routes for cattle and sheep to be herded to the markets in Yorkshire and England. Our Scottish neighbours, would bring their surplus cattle down from the Highlands to places like Falkirk and Dumfries.

 

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Holy Chapels on the Bridge

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Did you know why Holy Bridge Chapels had saintly names? and that York bridge chapel being used as a Prison

At several locations around Britain are surviving bridge chapels. Two are in Yorkshire where they were built as parts of bridges, at Wakefield and Rotherham, but locally there was at least one at Helmsley and another at York.

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British Wool, the lifeblood of the Yorkshire Dales

British Wool, the lifeblood of the Yorkshire Dales

 

It will soon be time for the sheep we see in the fields to be taken for their annual shearing. During July the lanolin in the sheep starts to push the wool off the skin to help the process, the sheep have to lose the wool or they wouldn’t survive with all that weight on their backs!

Yorkshire wool is sent to the North of England depot on the outskirts of Bradford, next to the Headquarters of British Wool Marketing Board. The BWMB was set up in 1950 to maximize the value of wool, long before synthetic fibres came on the scene in the 1960s.

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